East Fremantle Oval Precinct Redevelopment 

The development of an Integrated Community, Sport and Leisure Precinct within the Town will contribute significantly to the overall economic and social benefits of the region.

11 May 2022

View Oval Precinct Design Update

Concept Imagery

   

   

With the completion of the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for prospective builders, it is with considerable excitement we're pleased to advise that the project has now progressed to the next stage and will proceed to tender once the draft contracts have been finalised by Council's solicitors. 

The above concept imagery shows a view from the playground looking towards the cafe where you can also see a glimpse through the ground-level opening to the oval. This is a building very much shaped by the activity around it with activated edges for the community to enjoy on all sides. The concept imagery of the landscape design includes a dog exercise area, skate and basketball zone and native play area. Natural landscaping features the inclusion of many endemic trees providing shade, biodiversity and amenity. 

From here it is expected the Tender process will commence later this month and all going well, work is likely to commence in September. 

14 April 2022

East Fremantle Oval Precinct Redevelopment to Progress as Planned - Additional $5 million from State Government 

Read our Media Statement

Mayor O'Neill - croquet, bowls and football

Our East Fremantle Oval Precinct Redevelopment will progress as planned with the McGowan Government confirming their commitment of an additional $5 million towards the project, resulting in a total contribution from the State Government of $25 million.

Mayor Jim O'Neill, pictured above with a croquet mallet, lawn bowl and football is understandably excited to share this news with our residents. 'We would like to sincerely thank the State Government, Minister for Sport and Recreation, David Templeman and in particular Bicton MLA, Lisa O’Malley for her passion, dedication and unwavering commitment to ensure the redevelopment of the East Fremantle oval precinct is delivered to the people of East Fremantle and the wider community,’ Mayor O’Neill.  

March 2022

Due to escalating costs being felt across Western Australia's building and construction industry, the East Fremantle Oval Precinct Redevelopment has been redesigned and there is a reduction in scope. However, the Town and the design and delivery team believes the new design modifications have resulted in a better outcome for all.

Of notable improvement is the green corridor running through from the oval to the bowling greens and the croquet greens, all of which are now on the same level, with no need for stairs or a series of retaining walls. It is a significantly improved design outcome to align the greens, in one visual corridor, on the one level.

The newly designed structure, which the Town and design and delivery team also believes to be an improvement, incorporates active and engaging edges on three sides of the building – an active and engaging edge looking across the oval, an active and engaging edge looking across the bowling greens and an active and engaging edge looking out from the function room and café onto the playground and green, public open space.

EF Oval Concept    EF Oval Concept

The Town is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced Construction firms for the $25m East Fremantle Oval Precinct Redevelopment works.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) Advertisement - Now CLOSED   

The Town has recently engaged the full design and and delivery team. This dynamic and experienced team includes:

Paatsch Group – Client Lead
Donald Cant Watts Corke – Project Manager, Superintendent and Quantity Surveyor
Carabiner – Architect
SportEng – Sports Surface Consultant
NDY – Mechanical, Electrical and Hydraulic Engineering Services
Forth Consulting – Civil Engineers
Executive Compass – Kitchen Consultant
Jackson McDonald – Legal Advisor

Previous Updates

State Government Funding Commitment Confirmed (July 2021)

East Fremantle Redevelopment Business Plan

Media Statement (18 January 2021):

$20 MILLION COMMITMENT FOR EAST FREO OVAL PRECINCT REDEVELOPMENT

Previous Concepts

East Fremantle Oval Concept Masterplan - No Longer Current

East Fremantle Oval concept 3D fly-through (with commentary) - No Longer Current

East Fremantle Oval concept 3D street view (with commentary) - No Longer Current

Background 

Phase 3b: EFO Final Concept Masterplan

Download the 12/11/2020 East Fremantle Oval Redevelopment Fact Sheet here 

The multi-disciplinary design team (MDT) developed the EFO Redevelopment Concept Masterplan following a detailed review of all community input received (refer to Phase 3a). The community were invited to view the final Concept Design at two presentations held on Wednesday 9 December 2020 at the East Fremantle Town Hall.

Media Release (10 December 2020): EXCITING NEW VISION FOR EAST FREO OVAL SUPPORTED - FUNDING CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN SOON

Phase 3a: September / October 2020 - Concept Design Presentation & Public Comment

Community feedback was sought in regard to the updated Concept Design. 23 submissions (143 observations), were received and carefully considered by the Multi-disciplinary Design Team.

Some key items that were addressed during this process are;
• The location and size of the Community Facility
• The inclusion of additional entry / egress points
• The provision of additional onsite parking
• Landscaping to facilitate the removal of all fences 
• A tiered approach to soften the visual amenity from lower-lying areas
• Retainment of existing trees where possible, in conjunction with additional plantings
• Structuring of the informal drop-off zone to ensure the best use of the area
• The undertaking of a traffic engineering assessment

Click here to download the East Fremantle Oval Redevelopment Fact Sheet (05/10/2020) 

Phase 2: 21 April 2020 - Community Speaks on Future Options for East Freo Oval

Survey says: we want access and varied use for all ages and interests

The future vision for the East Fremantle Oval Precinct is edging closer as the Town has had a strong and positive response to its most recent community surveys. These have yielded results showing how much the community care about this project and their passion for wanting improved access and recreational facilities.

This survey builds upon the previous community consultation undertaken by GHD Advisory however, a second round of consultation was undertaken as the results now collated will assist with informing a preferred masterplan design for the whole precinct, with an associated business plan informing operational structure and funding strategy for the project.

Taking advantage of the fact that many residents are on holidays or working from home over Easter, the Town conducted two online surveys, with questions tailored to the interests of different community sectors.

The first survey, available for all ages, garnered 85 responses, confirming the strong interest in the future of the Precinct, and support for:
• The Precinct remaining an A-Class Reserve
• Retaining the heritage of the area
• Providing both active and passive recreation for all ages and abilities

Strong support was expressed for planned upgrades to existing facilities, and making space available for passive recreation of the Oval and surrounds for walking (including with dogs) and general exercise, as well as more structured and existing club-based sporting and recreation activities.

Interest was also expressed in adding new offerings including a Men’s Shed/activity space, a gym/health/fitness facility, shared-use courts for basketball, netball and a nature play space.

Most survey respondents supported the development of the venue to include a café/restaurant space and to broaden the appeal of the area as a destination beyond merely a place to come and play sport. Parking, lighting and security were also flagged in the survey as being important.

Mayor Jim O’Neill thanked everyone who took the time to complete the survey, and invited the whole community to stay engaged as the most exciting phase of the project is about to begin.

“Now that we have confirmed what our community want from this Precinct, we can proceed with the development of the Plan, confident that we have captured the needs and wants of those who use the space, and those who will benefit from the improvements we are designing,” Mayor O’Neill said.

Phase 1: 26 June 2019 - East Fremantle Oval Precinct Vision Plan Endorsed

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 21 May 2019 Council endorsed the East Fremantle Oval Precinct Revitalisation Vision Report as a guiding document for the possible future development of the site.

Council also agreed to proceed with the development of a consultant’s brief for the preparation of a comprehensive business case/plan based on the findings of the East Fremantle Oval Precinct Revitalisation Vision Report.

Click here to view a copy of the Endorsed East Fremantle Oval Precinct Vision Report